Donald Trump has made news recently through his racially-charged comments — most recently about a Hispanic, American-born judge who is presiding over a case about Trump University. Trump called him a “hater,” according to NBC News, and said he thought the judge was a “Mexican” because of his last name.
But in a speech today, Trump made another apparent gaffe. He was in the middle of referring to an incident at which protesters came to one of his rallies dressed in Ku Klux Klan garb, and an African-American supporter of his campaign beat them up.
Trump began his comments by saying that when a protester comes to one of his campaign rallies, he said, “I say, ‘Be very gentle, please don’t hurt him, take care of him, if he wants to shout.'”
This is in contrast to March, when Trump told supporters that if they hit a protester, he would pay their legal bills, as the Los Angeles Times reported.
He continued, “If they punch you in the face, smile, even if your nose is pouring blood out of it, be very, very nice.”
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Then, Trump pointed to someone in the crowd.
“Ah! Look at my African-American over here. Look at him!”
Calling out to him, Trump asked, “Are you the greatest? You know what I’m talking about?”
Returning to his story, Trump told of how, at another rally “a month or so ago,” there was an African-American, “sitting there, behaving,” when protesters dressed as members of the Ku Klux Klan came in.
People were booing them, Trump recalled, when “this African-American gets up, and man, he slugged these guys.”
This brought about cheers from the audience.
But by the time the anti-Trump protester dressed as a member of the Ku Klan Klan got up (Trump now referred to one protester, as opposed to more a moment earlier), “everybody thought the African-American was against me. And it was the opposite. It was like this great guy, this military guy. We have tremendous African-American support. The reason is, I’m gonna bring jobs back to our country.”
The apparent slip of the tongue was untimely for Donald Trump, given his other recent controversial statements. But it also comes the night after a female Trump supporter had an egg thrown at her by protesters.
“A dozen or more people were hit and car windows were broken. Trump hats grabbed from supporters were set on fire on the ground. At least one woman was pelted with an egg,” as CBS Local reported.
Some anti-Trump protesters “banged on the cars of Trump supporters as they left the rally and chased after those on foot.”
The San Jose mayor, Sam Liccardo, criticized Trump for inciting the violence.
“At some point Donald Trump needs to take responsibility for the irresponsible behavior of his campaign,” he said in an interview.
Liccardo also criticized the protesters, but made clear that his target was Donald Trump.
“While it’s a sad statement about our political discourse that Mr. Trump has focused on stirring antagonism instead of offering real solutions to our nation’s challenges, there is absolutely no place for violence against people who are simply exercising their rights to participate in the political process.”
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